Winter break: thanks to rental intermediation, Jupsy has left the Samu social hotels for a real apartment

Winter break: thanks to rental intermediation, Jupsy has left the Samu social hotels for a real apartment

What can be done to free up the seats in 115? With the end of the winter break on Tuesday, June 1, 30,000 homes are threatened with eviction, according to the Right to Housing association. But there is a solution: rental intermediation. A united means of reintegrating homeless people.

Jupsy and her 7-month-old son, Preston, in the living room of their apartment in Melun, which they have occupied for 8 months, on May 31, 2021. (THEO BOSCHER / RADIO FRANCE)

It is a two-room apartment with white walls, located in a building to the east of Melun, in Seine-et-Marne. And Jupsy is proud to say it: she is at home. “I was so happy, she rejoices. When I saw the apartment, I said ‘wow’, and then when I saw the balcony, I said ‘ahlala!’. Now I’m finally going to rest! ”

Jupsy lived in hotels for three years, with the help of the 115. But since September, the Soliha association has found this apartment for him. “It’s okay all the same compared to the hotel, there was only 9 m², but here it is big, 48 m², it is good, she notes. I have a bedroom, toilets, cupboards, kitchen, living room… ” It changes her life and that of her two children, aged 4 years and 7 months. His eldest son “Can play because he still has space. There I can even set the table for him to do his homework, and then next to it there is a park. ”

Part of the rent paid

Jupsy benefits from rental intermediation: an association covers the cost of its accommodation, pays the rent to the owner and only charges the tenant a contribution. Jupsy only pays a contribution of 155 euros per month. The rest, 445 euros, is paid for by the association which is the tenant of the accommodation.

Rental intermediation makes it possible to relieve the number of places in 115 but Jupsy knows it, it is a transitional solution, the contracts last 18 months. “The objective is that at the end of these 18 months, it will be autonomous and able to enter the classic rental stock which is very often the social rental stock., explains Anne Nissolle, director of Soliha Seine-et-Marne. It is a system that works well since we manage to have good rehousing rates for people and often even families who can be rehoused before the 18 months. ”

A gesture of solidarity

To find voluntary owners, the association asserts a guarantee against unpaid debts and a tax advantage. Christine has been renting an apartment in Soliha for two years. In addition to the financial benefit, she appreciates the solidarity gesture: “What really appealed to me was being able to intervene and being able to help people who may be in difficulty at some point in their life because we can all be. For me, it was rewarding. ”

In Seine-et-Marne, the association offers 75 housing units through intermediation. With the health crisis, she hopes to be able to open more places.

The testimony of Jupsy, beneficiary of rental intermediation, by Théo Boscher